Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/24/22

Evangelical pastors misguidedly love to quote Anglican and Oxford intellectual, C.S. Lewis, who believed in purgatory along with other heterodoxies and propagated an ecumenically-inclusive Mere Christianity. See my review of Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” here.

What to make of the alleged blood relic of St. Januarius (d. 305) liquifying on his feast day, September 19th? The RCC won’t submit the two vials of alleged blood for scientific examination. Read the wiki article here.

The 2018 Vatican-Beijing accord brokered by pope Francis allows the Chinese communist government unprecedented interference in the administration of the Chinese Catholic church. Cardinal Zen opposed the deal as the betrayal that it was/is and was summarily arrested. Francis’ critics say that the pope has pragmatically thrown Zen and conservative Chinese Catholics under the bus.

When I was a Catholic grammar school student in the 1960s, the nuns frequently cited Ireland as THE exemplary Catholic nation and society. The country subsequently turned en masse against RC-ism with the revelations of widespread abuse.

Evangelicals’ accommodation and acceptance of Roman Catholicism and its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit is a disgrace and a betrayal of the genuine Gospel. The writer of this article identifies J.I. Packer as an “anti-Catholic,” which is preposterous. Packer was an ecumenist way back in the 1960s, much to the consternation of his ex-friend, Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Packer sunk to ignominious lows as one of three evangelical signatories (along with Chuck Colson and Richard Land) of the 1994 “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” declaration. What a scandal it is to the genuine Gospel when a Catholic priest is appointed Dean of Students at an allegedly “evangelical” seminary.

The term, “evangelical,” has largely lost most of its meaning.

The S&G steamroller will not accommodate what the Bible teaches regarding homosexuality. The Bible will be increasingly viewed as “hate literature” and Gospel Christians will be marginalized in the same category as Ku Klux Klan-ers.

16 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/24/22

    1. Thanks, Cathy. The seminary is “low-Anglican” meaning it allegedly leans more towards evangelicalism than Anglo-Catholicism, but they might as well be high-Anglican with an RC priest as dean of students. The English Reformers would be sorely grieved by the absence of Biblical/spiritual discernment.

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  1. 1. Wow didn’t know Anglicans believe in Purgatory; wonder if those like JC Ryle and JI Packer does too…
    2. “Francis’ critics say that the pope has pragmatically thrown Zen and conservative Chinese Catholics under the bus.” I think so. More reasons to not believe in Vatican system…
    3. Wow speaking of JI Packer…you got a post on here too!
    4. the alphabet soup agenda is creeping in every false worldviews and religions and denomination…

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      I think we can generalize and say high-church Anglican-Catholics believe in Purgatory but low-church Anglicans don’t. I found an article written by Packer that showed he didn’t believe in Purgatory, but he might as well have with his embrace of RC-ism.

      Pope Francis’ betrayal of Zen and Chinese Catholics should get more criticism from conservative Catholics, but I sense that they’re so beaten down from Francis and they have no strong leadership. As you mention, it’s an example of the corrupt Vatican system.

      RE: Packer
      Once again we’re on the same page!
      🤜 🤛

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      1. Thanks! Anglicanism reminds me of the SBC with liberal and conservatives vying for influence under the same tent, but of course the Church of England is much farther down the road of liberalism.

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  2. Thanks for a very interesting and revealing weekend round-up Tom. Also, I’ve never known much about C.S. Lewis but instinctively had my doubts…. his own words expose a lot, even though so many Christians quote him. Am going to read your article about him.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Yes, Lewis is quoted incessantly from pulpits and elsewhere. I finally got around to reading “Mere Christianity” and it’s definitely not a book believers should be enthralled with. Plenty of heterodoxy. I believe a good number of believers are attracted to Lewis because of intellectual snob appeal.

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  3. Nice work, Tom. This Round-up is packed with interesting information. I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard of the trial of Mr. Zen as I have been following developments in Hong Kong for several years now. I have a Christian friend who lives there who has been giving me a blow-by-blow synopsis of the Communist takeover there.

    You would think that they could leave a 90 year old alone. At the same time, Zen has been vocal, something that is frowned upon in the “new” Hong Kong.

    This paragraph from the article summarizes the situation there well:

    “Hong Kong’s national security law, imposed by Beijing despite mass protests against it, went into effect June 30, 2020, and bans activities described as treason, secession, sedition, subversion, foreign interference and terrorism. It also stipulates that whenever it deems it necessary, the Chinese Central government in Beijing can establish agencies to help Hong Kong fulfill its security requirements.”

    Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks, Chris.
      Pope Francis’ compromise accord with Beijing was/is a betrayal of the Chinese Catholics who refused to affiliate with the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. I say this as an observer because the genuine Gospel is not to be found anywhere in this controversy. But this is a good example of Francis’ pragmatic “Jesuitism.”

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      1. Betrayal is the perfect word for his actions. The Catholic hierarchy certainly knows how to avoid the press when it comes to this kind of thing. I know I don’t keep my ears to the rails like you do on Catholic matters but I would have thought I would have heard of this. It kinda reminds me of the recent revelations of that one particular pope and his dealings with the Nazis.

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      2. Thanks for sharing this with me, Tom. I clearly remember this incident but I had no idea why he slapped her hand. Now I have a much better idea and it makes Francis look even worse. He should be questioned about any dealings with any communist government. They are atheist after all.

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      3. Thanks, Chris. Francis’ conceding to Beijing the power to appoint only boot-licking bishops loyal to the communist regime (and to remove “disloyal” bishops) is mind-blowing. There’s no genuine Gospel in sight in all of this, but the treachery is scandalous.

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